Originally Posted by intoflatlines
To everyone asking why she can't be honest to her boss, it's because her boss is really anal about getting to work early and staying late.. He always is lecturing people about how he makes it to work no matter what, ever.. She can't take a personal day or whatever because she doesn't have any yet, so she is getting no pay for the off day anyway. He's always trying to guilt trip his employees about appointments and stuff, and it's just really annoying.
I didn't figure that anyone would have a brilliant idea for an excuse anyway, but I thought I'd ask anyway.
I believe a couple people mentioned this already, but I will also for emphasis: she needs to find another job (and I don't mean to sound flippant). The type of employers you mentioned are generally not worth the trouble it takes to work for them. It is much more important to work smartly
than to work long hours, and I'd always rather hire someone who knows how to use time efficiently over the person who long hours and is more interested in the appearance
of doing work. I've seen far too many people waste far too much time working long hours to do what could've been done in half the time.
I feel fortunate in that I work in an industry that values results
more than appearances.
Finally, as I reread your post above, I see that she's not getting paid for the time off anyway. In that case, I would simply mention that she needs to take days x-y off, and will return on day z. No excuse at all, just a statement of fact.
I do hope she can find a smarter, more tolerant boss in the future. Good luck.